Siemens has taken over ownership of the leading supplier of industrial Real-Time Locating Systems (RTLS) focusing on applications in production and enabling efficient use of collaborative mobile robots.
The German company Agilion, based in Chemnitz, Germany, is recognised as a pioneer in the field of RTLS in the Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) frequency spectrum.
This technology enables highly precise localisation within a range of just a few centimetres, tracking of many different assets, and exceptionally easy commissioning.
The precise real-time localisation of assets such as tools or vehicles will enable manufacturers to optimise their production and logistics processes and so improve their quality, productivity and flexibility.
Precise monitoring of the production process
Uses for RTLS include a wide range of applications in complex environments, used in a manufacturing scenario, for instance, it enables precise monitoring of the production process and a transparent material flow.
Real-time data made available using RTLS about the location and status of assets forms the basis for networking involved players and logistical processes along the value chain.
This allows users to continuously and automatically compare the position of every production asset with the 3D model of the product or production environment.
Evaluation and combination of this ‘digital twin’ with other information – for instance using apps in the open IoT operating system MindSphere – permit dynamic optimisation of production and logistics processes.
Reduction of risk errors
As a result, processes can be more efficiently controlled, downtimes minimised and the risk of errors reduced. RTLS also provides the foundation for totally new workflows in production, material flow control and logistics, for instance in conjunction with Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) or mobile robots.
With its workforce of around 60, Agilion is a global technology leader in the field of enterprise wireless location solutions for industry and public transport networks in the application fields Industrial Supply Chain Tracking, Vehicle Tracking and People Tracking.
With about 150 installations in more than 20 countries, Agilion has been providing support to all sectors of industry for over 10 years with process optimisation and efficient enterprise control based on RTLS real-time locating solutions.
Agilion will be integrated into the Process Industries and Drives Division’s industrial communication and identification business.